Grumpy Crochet Tutorial

Happy April!

This month’s Midi Tier pattern release is Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

It was so important with this pattern that I get the size right. I have a tendency to go bigger than planned. This usually happens when I don’t have a reference picture on hand that has been printed to scale. Even when I do have a scaled picture, my project still usually ends up bigger than planned – but by a significantly smaller margin! In this case, my planned sized was 13cm tall and Grumpy ended up being 16cm. However, I am still very happy with how he turned out.

For the face, I used thread to contour the nose bridge and eye sockets. I also attempted to contour the mouth creases, I think that if using acrylic yarn to make this it would be easier to contour because cotton yarn is a lot stiffer. The hat would also fall better with acrylic yarn.

The beard was a last-minute idea and I’m over the moon with the result. Whilst reorganising my craft supplies I found some 4-inch wide fur trim that I brought years ago. It dawned on me that it would be perfect for Grumpy’s beard. It looks so realistic and saved a lot of time not having to needlefelt it.

Those of you that know my style know my love for mixed media. I think this is the first project I have done in a long time that has such little mixed media. The only part of Grumpy that is not crocheted is his beard, eyes and eyebrows. Later down the line I probably won’t be able to resist making his coat out of felt.

Surprisingly, the hardest part of this project was the mouth. I had a hard time positioning the lips so that he didn’t look like he was smiling. Getting that classic grumpy frown was difficult. In the end, I stuck his lower lip off to the side and I think that it worked out okay.

As I usually do, I glued the fingers to stop them from curling.

The total height of Grumpy is approximately 6.25 inches tall and 6 inches wide with the arms extended.

  • 4ply yarn (Scheepjes Catona 502 Camel, 162 Black Coffee, 503 Hazelnut, 115 Hot Red, 255 Shell and 519 Fresia)
  • 2mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Fire retardant Fibrefill
  • White fur trim or fabric
  • Black, white and camel/brown felt
  • Black wool roving and needle felting needle (this is for the eyeBbrows, but you could also embroider or use felt if you prefer)
  • Felt glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft wire
  • Pliers
  • 3 or 4 fasteners/poppers (you could also use velcro if you prefer)
  • Pins (optional)
  • Stitch marker (optional)
  • MR# – magic ring with the specified number of single crochets
  • SC – single crochet (double crochet English)
  • HDC – half double crochet (half treble English)
  • DC – double crochet (treble English)
  • INC – single crochet increase
  • hdcINC – half double crochet increase (half treble increase English)
  • dcINC – double crochet increase (treble increase English)
  • #in1 – the specified number of SC in the same stitch (i.e. 3in1)
  • DEC – invisible decrease
  • 2TOG – two stitches together decrease (non-invisible) method (I tend to use this method when decreasing in the back loop)
  • *_______* X# – repeat sequence within the asterisks the specified number of times e.g. *SC, INC* x6)
  • FLO – front loop only
  • BLO – back loop only
  • CC – colour change
  • CH – chain stitches
  • CH1T – chain a stitch then turn your work
  • SS – slip stitch
  • SSJ – slip stitch join the end and beginning of the row
  • ST/STS – stitch/stitches
  • OFFSET – a term I use when adding or taking away additional stitches to line up and get the right placement
  • FO – fasten off
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You are now complete.

I hope that you are happy with the outcome. Now that I have completed Gumpy I cant wait to have all seven dwarves together.

Next month’s midi pattern release is Sleepy so stay tuned. Now that I have the base pattern for Grumpy it’s just a case of making some tweaks to the pattern when it comes to making the other dwarves. This should save me a lot of time which makes me very happy.

Until the next post happy crocheting!

Chantelle X

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